Monty Python star John Cleese launched a scathing attack on his late mother MURIEL - insisting she was a "dreadful" parent.
The British actor spoke out about his strained relationship with his mum to reporters at a fundraiser for England's Bristol Zoo on Thursday (24Jul08).
Cleese shocked journalists and fans as he told how had struggled to get along with his mother - who died in 2002 aged 101 - and even said he worried she may never die.
He says, "I did have a dreadful mother. Isn't that a terrible thing to say? But it's true.
"She was classically self-centred. Always though of herself. And she lived to 101 - I thought I'd never get rid of her."